New York Times Architecture Critic
Michael Kimmelman is an American author, critic, columnist and pianist. He is the architecture critic for The New York Times and has written on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development and social responsibility. In March 2014, he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize for his "insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York's architectural environment" that is "journalism at its finest. He was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and 2014. Read More >
On Modern Art
Culture does more than just entertain and distract us; it helps us understand the deepest fears, desires and aspirations behind the big political and economic forces of the day. Read More >
Before the conflict broke out between Israel and Gaza, author and New York Times columnist Kimmelman traveled to Gaza to answer the question that the usual news stories about the Oslo accord, terrorist rockets, Jewish settlements and tensions between Hamas and Fatah always failed to answer: namely, what was life really like there? He learned about how Hamas cracked down on daily freedoms, how Gazans found solace in American sitcoms and Turkish soap operas, and ultimately how culture was emerging as an unexpected force in reconciliation.
Thanks to the very same globalizing forces that have integrated markets more and more, people now have the technological means to choose their identities, declare their affiliations and create their own cultures. The common denominator of shared culture only intensifies the desire people feel to distinguish themselves from it.
In this keynote speech, Kimmelman offers audiences an intimate glimpse into the intricacies of cultures across the globe, the importance of cultural influences and how culture truly does explain (almost) everything. Read Less ^
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